Yesterday we previewed the NCAA College Football Bowl games scheduled for the first half of bowl season (December 20th-30th). The second half of the Bowl schedule contains most of the higher ranked teams competing this offseason, highlighted by the Florida Gators versus the Oklahoma Sooners in the BCS National Championship game. In what is expected to be a battle of styles and Heisman competitors (Sam Bradford versus Tim Tebow), there are a number of exciting games on the schedule before then. Two that we’re taking a close look at are the Cotton Bowl which pits the power of surging Ole Miss against the high powered offense of Texas Tech and the Fiesta Bowl which pits the similarly contrasting styles of Ohio State and the Texas Longhorns against each other. Regardless, it should be a fun second half of the bowl season to watch! We’ll see if we can match our regular season win percentage of 74.1% against the spread and 77.8% overall.
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Houston vs. Air Force, Fort Worth, Texas, Amon G. Carter Stadium, Dec. 31, Noon, ESPN
Prediction: Houston is favored by 2 ½ over Air Force due to the home field affect (3 points normally) in what is essentially and even up game. Our prediction is that Air Force will pull the upset and win!
Oregon State vs. Pittsburgh, El Paso, Texas, Sun Bowl, Dec. 31, 2 p.m.,CBS
Prediction: Oregon State is favored by 3 points. Our prediction is that they will cover the spread and defeat Pitt in the Sun Bowl.
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Boston College vs. Vanderbilt, Nashville, Tenn., LP Field, Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
Prediction: Boston College is favored by 4 points over Vanderbilt in their home town in the Music City Bowl. Although, many thought Vandy would at least travel to the Liberty Bowl this year, they remained home. Our prediction is that Boston College wins and covers the spread despite the home field advantage.
Kansas vs. Minnesota, Tempe, Ariz., Sun Devil Stadium, Dec. 31, 5:30 p.m., NFL Network
Prediction: Kansas has been surging at the end of the season coming off of their upset of Missouri. Favored by 10 points, our prediction is that they win but do not cover the spread.
LSU vs. Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia Dome, Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Prediction: LSU has been tailing off the second half of the season. Tech looked extremely strong with their victory over Georgia at the end of the season. Tech is favored by 4. Our prediction is they win and cover the spread.
South Carolina vs. Iowa, Tampa, Fla., Raymond James Stadium, Jan. 1, 2009, 11 a.m., ESPN
Prediction: Iowa is favored by 3 ½ over South Carolina. Our prediction is that Spurrier has the Gamecocks ready for this game after a disappointing outing against Clemson and they defeat Iowa.
Georgia vs. Michigan State, Orlando, Fla., Florida Citrus Bowl, Jan. 1, 2009, 1 p.m., ABC
Prediction: Georgia has dropped from the pre-season Number 1 after several tough defeats this season. They are favored to win by 7 ½ points. Our prediction is that the Bulldogs end the season on a high note and cover the spread.
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Clemson vs. Nebraska, Jacksonville, Fla., Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jan. 1, 2009, 1 p.m., CBS
Prediction: Clemson is favored to win by 2 ½ points over Nebraska. Although they played Georgia tough, we don’t think it will be enough to overcome Nebraska who will win the Gator bowl!
Penn State vs. USC, Pasadena, Calif., Rose Bowl, Jan. 1, 2009, 4:30 p.m., ABC
Prediction: USC is favored to win this game by 10 points. Many think if the PAC-10 was stronger that the Trojans would have been contenders for the national title this year. Penn State doesn’t lose West of the Mississippi though. Our prediction is that State pulls the major upset of the bowl games and takes down USC!
Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech, Miami, Dolphin Stadium, Jan. 1, 2009, 8:30 p.m., FOX
Prediction: Cincinnati is having their best season in decades! 2 ½ point favorites over Tech. Our prediction is that they continue the trend and take down the Hokies in the Orange Bowl!
Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech, Dallas, Cotton Bowl, Jan. 2, 2009, 2 p.m., FOX
Prediction: This is going to be a big game. The first clash between the Big 12 and SEC leading up to the title game. Tech is favored by 5 points. After seeing Oklahoma’s defense handle Graham Harrell’s offensive line, our prediction is that Ole Miss follows suit and defeats Tech!
Kentucky vs. East Carolina, Memphis, Tenn., Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Jan. 2, 2009, 5 p.m., ESPN
Prediction: East Carolina is 1 ½ point favorites over Kentucky. A tough game to call since Randall Cobb is not projected to play for the Cats after having knee surgery after the Tennessee loss. Our prediction is that enough Cat fans make the trek to Memphis and Kentucky defeats East Carolina.
Utah vs. Alabama, New Orleans, Superdome, Jan. 2, 2009, 8 p.m., FOX
Prediction: The Crimson Tide is 10 ½ point favorites over undefeated Utah. Our prediction after seeing Hawaii collapse last bowl season, is that the Tide wins by at least 20!
Buffalo vs. Connecticut, Toronto, Rogers Centre, Jan. 3, 2009, Noon, ESPN2
Prediction: The only game played in a foreign country this bowl season. UCONN is favored by 4 ½ points. Our prediction is that they win and cover the spread.
Ohio State vs. Texas, Glendale, Ariz., University of Phoenix Stadium, Jan. 5, 2009, 8 p.m., FOX
Prediction: Texas is favored to win this game by 9 ½ points. Our prediction after seeing the Longhorns defeat Oklahoma earlier in the year is that they win and cover the spread. Style of play does not become an issue.
Tulsa vs. Ball State, Mobile, Ala., Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Jan. 6, 2009, 8 p.m., ESPN
Prediction: Ball State is favored by 3 points in the GMAC bowl. Our prediction is that Tulsa pulls the upset and wins this game.
FedEx BCS National Championship Game– Florida vs. Oklahoma, Miami, Dolphin Stadium, Jan. 8, 2009, 8 p.m., FOX
Prediction: Florida is favored to win this game by 3 points. In BCS national title games the SEC is 4-0, the Big 12 is 2-3. Our prediction is that Tim Tebow doesn’t let the Gators lose-though Sam Bradford will have a huge game– and the Gators will cover the spread!
In case you missed part one of our bowl previews and predictions:
Click Here to View Predictions for the NCAA Football Games scheduled from 20-30 December 2008.